Flooding and damage are just a couple of the problem residents have raised in regards to the work being carried out for the new cycle path between Allonby and Silloth.

The ‘Solway Coaster’ project will see a 14.1km route between Allonby and Silloth created and join onto the already successful cycleway from Maryport to Allonby.

But, Resident have slammed the work saying that although the route is prone to flooding since this work started it is now flooding in different places.

However Allerdale council have said it was a result of a blocked gully and nothing to do with the work being carried out.

Annoyed with the work that has been done Karl Langley explained that the route is now a nightmare she said: "I would just like to say what a cracking job they are making of the cycle path between Allonby and Silloth. What a shame the road now floods in places it didn't before they put it in. On way to work I hit one of the new flooded areas and knackered my car costing £145 just before Christmas.

"What a fabulous idea it was if your a cyclist but the road now is even worse than it was.

"Again another fabulous waste of money by our council."

Councillor John Cook, Executive member for leisure and tourism, who is looking forward to to using the cycle route, said: "We are aware that there were areas of standing water on the B5300 following the recent very heavy rain. It is believed the most significant of these was caused be a blocked gully unrelated to the cycle path construction and Cumbria Highways (Cumbria County Council) have been notified and are in the process of clearing the blockage.

"The path has been designed to ensure that it does not exacerbate flooding along the adjacent carriageway."

Allerdale Borough Council has taken the lead on delivering the project on behalf of the Silloth-on-Solway Coastal Community Team, a mix of public, private and community partners.

The project has been supported by professional services firm WYG who are acting as contract managers for the Council, assisting with design, ecological surveys, planning applications and common land applications.

To fund the project the CCT secured £1m from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Coastal Communities Fund and a further £250,000 from DEFRA’s Rural Development Programme for England.

The path is aimed predominantly at cyclists, but the off-road sections will be multi-functional and accommodate pedestrians and cyclists.

A total of 4.63km of the new route will be ‘off road’ and 9.47km ‘on road’. The ‘on road’ sections of the route will utilise the existing carriageway and will include appropriate signage, markings and line painting.